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Audio for the Videographer Series


These three-hour workshops are designed specifically for videographers and still photographers new to motion capture who are looking to learn more about audio and sound production, as well as practical application guidelines for getting good sound. Each workshop covers a specific topic, with each one building on the last. See the full descriptions below.

Part 1: Understanding Audio will cover the basic fundamentals of sound and the sound chain as it applies to on-location sound recording. The class will explore and discuss on-camera and off-camera, single system and double system approaches to gathering location sound based on production requirements and conditions.

Part 2: Microphones and Applications builds upon the knowledge gained in Part 1. Participants will learn the properties and characteristics of microphones in a way that builds upon their existing knowledge of light and optics. Practical examples will be given of how to choose the right microphone for a specific project types with an emphasis on interviews.

Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
Location: TBD

Workshop Bundles

Purchase this workshop as part of a bundle at a discounted rate.

Bundle Price: $2,190.00 $2,091.46
On-Set LUT Creation Bundle – Los Angeles
Purchase this workshop as part of a bundle at a discounted rate.

Bundle Price: $198.00 $158.40

Custom Training

Custom Group Training
Schedule a custom group training for this workshop. We provide custom training at our offices or at your location.

Price: From: $180

Part 1: Understanding Audio

  • What are the properties of sound?
  • How are sound and light the same?
  • What is the signal chain in audio?
  • What is double system audio?
  • Is all on camera audio bad?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of AES digital audio?

Part 2: Microphones and Applications

  • How are microphones like lenses?
  • What are the basic types of microphones used in location audio?
  • How are microphones and audio devices interconnected?
  • What are boom microphones and how are they used?
  • What are the basics of wireless lavalier microphone systems?
  • When is it best to use wired or wireless microphones?
  • Why is lens and microphone perspective important to consider?
  • How are AES digital microphones used in production sound?

These workshops are designed for videographers and stills photographers new to video who want to learn and understand how audio and sound for production works, as well as practical application guidelines for getting good sound on their projects.

Andrew Finkel joined AbelCine in 2013 as a member of the Production Andrew_DSC0829Sales team and is currently a Technical Specialist with a focus on audio. Prior to joining AbelCine, Andrew had formed a successful media services company, Synergistic Media Services, that specialized in location and live sound engineering for clients including Deepak Chopra, Russell Simmons, 50 Cent, Mark Ruffalo and Fran Drescher.

Andrew is experienced as a high-end home and professional theater designer. He is a certified LucasFilm Level 1 and 2 THX engineer, as well as holding an Image Science Foundation ISF certification. He has also written for national trade magazines such as Electronic House and CE Pro.

Andrew, a native New Yorker, holds a BA in Radio and Television from George Washington University in Washington, DC. While there he did live sound engineering for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Simple Minds, Judy Collins and Bob Hope.

Andrew was very thorough in helping me understand how audio works with video. He took his time and answered all of our questions and expended much energy in doing so. He was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable on the topic of audio. At the end of the day I feel I have the confidence that I can obtain better order for my videos. I would attend any similar courses given by Andrew in the future. Thank you Abelcine.” – Joseph DeBlasio